Individual Volunteering

People like you are the backbone of our success.

Sign up for a Volunteer Info Session (Tuesdays, 4-4:30 PM at 7th & Virginia) by clicking here.

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Current Opportunities:


FareStart's Great Food, Better Lives Gala Auction

Join FareStart in volunteering at our largest fundraiser of the year, the 2019 Great Food, Better Lives Gala on October 6 at the Washington State Convention Center. We are looking for volunteers to assist with live auction roles including bid spotting, table hosting, guest checkout and more. If you are interested in volunteering, email to learn more.


Shelter Meal Delivery

On a shelter run, you help pack up meals for transportation and deliver them to local homeless shelters, then have an opportunity to serve dinner at the Downtown Emergency Service Center alongside FareStart chefs and students. No driving necessary. Volunteers must be able to lift 50 lbs. 

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Date/Time: Monday-Friday, 3:45 - 6:30 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Ongoing Roles

FareStart is looking to fill a variety of ongoing volunteer opportunities to ensure a high quality of programming and opportunities for our students. The roles vary in qualification and training requirements and include Outreach Volunteers, Computer Lab Volunteers, Mock Interview Volunteers, Glean Leaders (GLead) and Community Meals Leads.

To learn more about these opportunities, please review the job descriptions and email

Date/Time: Varies according to the volunteer role.

Job Descriptions

Food Recovery

Community Meals incorporates recovered food and turns it into nutritious meals for food-insecure individuals and families. Volunteers travel to farms in King County and help glean remaining produce from the harvest season, as well as pick up recovered food from other foodservice businesses throughout the year.

Date/Time: Volunteers can sign up for shifts as well as see dates and times via Shiftboard. The majority of gleans will take place from May through November. Time commitment varies based on opportunity.

Food Recovery Donation Processing

Donation processing volunteers help to properly weigh, log, clean and store donated food in the Community Meals Kitchen. Volunteers play a key role in maintaining the organization and success of the food recovery program.

Date/Time: Shifts run July through October. Volunteers must commit to a reoccurring schedule (some flexibility with vacation/work is understood), with available shifts in the afternoon on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

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Kitchen Prep

FareStart prepares and delivers meals 365 days a year to several area homeless shelters. Help prepare food alongside FareStart's chefs and students.

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Date/Time: Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (sometimes ending earlier). Volunteer as often as you like.

School Meals Kitchen Prep

Help our staff chef instructors and students prepare school meals in the FareStart kitchen at Pacific Tower. No experience required, and you will learn more than you thought possible about cutting food of all sorts! A great opportunity for hands-on volunteer work during the week!

Date/Time: Monday through Friday. Shift can be either 8 a.m. to 12 noon or 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteer as often as you like.

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